What does graupel mean?

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  1. (uncountable) A precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water condense on a snowflake.
  2. (countable) The result of this process, a small ball of rime.
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Notice for this wind field that graupel falls rapidly to the surface and drifts only a short distance downwind.
In this work the growth, motion and charging of graupel particles are simulated by computer.
When this process continues so that the shape of the original snow crystal is no longer identifiable, the resulting crystal is referred to as graupel.
Frozen forms of precipitation include snow, ice needles, ice pellets, hail, and graupel.
Graupel is a wonderful form of precipitation. It is not snow, not hail, not sleet, and definitely not rain.
From the base local showers of rain or snow, occasionally of hail or graupel, usually fall.

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